Hot cross bun French toast

Hot cross bun French toast with fresh orange slices

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  • 187
  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


  • eggs 2
  • soft light brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon or mixed spice a pinch
  • whole or semi-skimmed milk 50ml
  • orange 1 large, zested
  • hot cross buns 2 stale, split
  • icing sugar 2 tsp, plus a dusting to serve
  • Cointreau or Grand Marnier 2 tsp (optional)
  • butter 1 tbsp, for frying


  • Step 1

    Beat the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, spice, milk and orange zest together in a shallow bowl with a pinch of salt. Put the hot cross bun halves into the mixture, turning and pressing down until completely covered, and leave to soak for 5-10 minutes or until soft but not completely collapsing.

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, remove the remaining peel and pith from the orange using a small serrated knife, then remove the segments leaving the skins behind. Put the segments into a bowl with any juices. Sprinkle over the sugar and Cointreau (if using) and leave to macerate.

    Step 3

    Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat until foaming. Remove the bun halves from the egg mixture, allow any excess egg to drip off for a second, then fry in the butter for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Serve on plates, topped with the orange pieces, and a little more icing sugar, if you like.

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Nutritional data

  • kcals 399
  • fat 15.9g
  • saturates 7.1g
  • carbs 48.1g
  • sugars 30.8g
  • fibre 2.5g
  • protein 13.5g
  • salt 0.5g

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